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About Bamako

Located on the Niger River, Bamako is the capital city of Mali, in West Africa. Bamako, which means ‘crocodile tail’ in the local language, has both a rich history and some of Africa’s most vibrant natural life. The city is the administrative center of the country and is considered one of Africa’s most leading cities in many regards, especially in economy and trade. Thanks to its location the climate is temperate year-round, even in the ‘coldest’ months, December and January. Bamako is important in food and textile production as well as fishing. The fish caught in the Niger River are sold both in the city and to the surrounding cities.

Buildings feature typical African architecture and among the must-see sites are the Grand Mosque of Bamako, National Museum of Mali, and Botanical Gardens. One of the best things you can do in and around town is to discover the unchanging life of the locals. The city has rich alternatives in eating and drinking; make sure to try their local dishes, which are usually meat and chicken-based.  

Transportation to Bamako City Center from Airport


Modibo Keita Intl. - Bamako Senou Intl. Airport

The airport is located about 15 kilometers from the city center in Bamako, which is the capital and largest city of Mali, and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the city center. Taxi is the most preferred means of transportation from Bamako Airport to the city center. The offices of international car rental companies at the airport also offer car rental service as a different alternative to taxi option.


You can easily get a taxi almost all day in front of Bamako Airport, regardless of whenever your plane lands at the airport. The cost of the airport taxis in Bamako is about 7000 CFA for the journey to the city center. You must pay taxi fare in cash and taxis in Bamako don't generally offer credit card option. If you don't have West African franc -the valid currency in Mali- with you, you can also pay in Euro or Dollars.

Rent a car

One of the less frequently preferred options to reach the city center from the airport in Bamako is the car rental option. You won't have any difficulty finding the car rental office at the airport and then you can reach many points in Bamako city center in half an hour by renting a car. From the airport exit, you can find your way without having any difficulty by following the "city center" signs.

Private Shuttle Services

Before your flight, you can make a reservation for one of the private shuttle services offered for tourists in Bamako and travel to the city center by shuttle. If you are going to stay in one of the bigger hotels in the city, you can also get information about the private shuttle services from your hotel.

Hotel Shuttle Services

If your hotel provides a shuttle service from the airport to the city center, you can get on these shuttles in front of Bamako Airport terminal and reach many points in Bamako in a very short time. Hotels shuttles are generally offered for hotel guests free of charge; however, it would be useful to get information about the shuttle service, which may be available for a fee from time to time, and then choose a suitable option for transportation to the city center.

Weather in Bamako

DayMin - Max
FridayMin 24ºC - Max 33ºC
SaturdayMin 26ºC - Max 33ºC
SundayMin 25ºC - Max 33ºC
MondayMin 25ºC - Max 32ºC
TuesdayMin 25ºC - Max 29ºC

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